Articles by Francis Lichtenberger

Francis Lichtenberger

Francis is the Managing Editor at Health & Fitness Experts.

He's got a passion for fitness, healthy living, and his family. He keeps in shape by running, strength training, and eating well. And he enjoys skiing, kiteboarding, and most anything outdoors.

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Treadmill Basics

Treadmill Basics

Treadmills are the most popular cardio machines. Find out the basics to see if you should be running on one.  [continue reading] 

Elliptical Trainer Basics

What is an Elliptical Trainer?

Are you curious about elliptical trainers? Find out the basics so you can see if this cardio machine might be the right one for you.  [continue reading] 

Calories Burned on an Elliptical and Treadmill

Real Calories Burned: Elliptical vs. Treadmill

An elliptical and a treadmill both burn the same number of calories. Your real calorie burn depends on your gender and weight. Be sure you’re getting your true calorie burn!  [continue reading] 

Which is Better: Elliptical vs. Treadmill: Machine:

Elliptical vs. Treadmill: Which is Best?

What’s the best workout: elliptical trainer or treadmill? Both burn the same number of calories. So the best one for YOU depends on your goals.  [continue reading] 

Carbs in Vodka: Zero.

Carbs in Vodka and How to Keep Them Low

Worried about carbs in vodka? Good news: vodka has no carbs. But that’s not the whole story. Use our tips to keep the carbs low.  [continue reading] 

Vodka has 97 calories. But watch out for the mixers!

Calories in Vodka and How You Can Minimize Them

How many calories in vodka? About 97 per shot or jigger — although it depends on the proof. (See the chart for details.) But be careful or you’ll get many more calories than you expected! Read our tips to help you keep it low-calorie.  [continue reading] 

About 50 heart-healthy calories in each guacamole scoop

How Many Calories in Guacamole Dip?

You’ll get 50 calories in one golf-ball-sized scoop of guacamole. It’s high in calories, but good for your heart. So eat up, but watch your portion size!  [continue reading] 

Green Tea Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Green Tea: Facts & Fictions

Green tea is full of health benefits. But not everything you’ve heard is true. We’ll summarize the research and show how YOU can get the real benefits of green tea.  [continue reading] 

Green Tea Boosts Your Metabolism

How To Use Green Tea For Weight Loss

Want to lose weight? Research shows green tea helps by boosting your metabolism to burn more fat. We’ll show you how you can use green tea for weight loss. Welcome to the Health and Fitness Experts video series. I’m Francis, and today we’re going to talk about green tea and weight loss. Losing weight with…  [continue reading] 

Is Avocado a Fruit or Vegetable?

Is Avocado a Fruit or a Vegetable?

An avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable. In fact, it’s technically a berry, and FULL of health benefits. It’s also used in our favorite ice cream flavor: Cocovado!  [continue reading] 

How to Freeze Avocados

How to Freeze Avocados: Quick and Easy!

Can you freeze avocados? Yes! Freezing avocados can save you a lot of money. Here’s how to do it quickly and easily…  [continue reading] 

Heart-Healthy Avocado Calories

Avocado Calories and Health Benefits

Avocado calories depend on the type of avocado. A California Hass avocado has about 40 percent more calories than a Florida avocado. But luckily, most of the calories in an avocado are heart-healthy ones!  [continue reading] 

3 Tips For Choosing Healthy Weight Loss Snacks

How to Choose Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

Hungry? Research shows that you’re unlikely to make a healthy snack choice. But you can use these 3 tips to make sure you pick healthy snacks for your weight loss goals.  [continue reading] 

65 Calories in an Orange

Health Benefits and Calories in an Orange

How many calories in an orange? About 65. Oranges are also a great source of vitamin C and fiber. And did you know their natural vitamin C is much healthier than vitamin C supplements?  [continue reading] 

Exercise Boosts Flu Shot Effectiveness

Avoid the Flu with Exercise and Double the Flu Shot Effectiveness

Want to avoid catching the flu? New research shows that exercise helps prevent the flu. And one workout doubles the flu shot vaccine effectiveness!  [continue reading] 

Grapes are a healthy snack with 3 to 4 calories in each grape.

How Many Calories In Grapes?

Grapes are a tasty, healthy snack, with about 3 or 4 calories in each grape. But while there are few calories in grapes, you do need to pick them carefully and watch out for pesticides. Read our tips below.  [continue reading] 

How to Buy a Used Treadmill

How to Buy A Used Treadmill — 5 Important Tips

Everyone likes to save money. And buying a used treadmill can be a real money saver. But be careful, or you might end up stuck with a piece of junk that you can’t use and can’t easily lose.  [continue reading] 

Elliptical vs. Treadmill: Machine: Which is Better?

Elliptical vs. Treadmill: Which is Best?

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Watch out for foods that pretend to be healthy.

Ignore the Marketing and Read the Label

Weight loss tip: ignore the marketing, read the label and check the serving size. Food companies use many tricks to make their food seem healthy. Don’t fall for it!  [continue reading] 

Whiskey, Scotch and Bourbon have 97 Calories

How Many Calories in Whiskey and Scotch?

There are about 97 calories in a typical serving of whiskey, Scotch, bourbon, or rye. Surprisingly, there are also some real health benefits. But watch out for mixers, which can double the calorie count.  [continue reading]